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Welcome to the Nest A Letter to Our Newest Gulls

Dear Incoming Freshman,

First off, on behalf of the Orientation Leader team, I would like to be the first to say welcome to the nest!

But more importantly welcome home.

While for some it may not feel like it just yet, Endicott will feel like home sooner rather than later. You might hear this a lot during orientation but it’s only because it's true. For me, a rising junior, I could not be prouder to call Endicott my home.

Right now, if you are anything like me as a new student, you are probably nervous about summer orientation and all the other stressors that come along with it (classes, making friends, learning the campus etc.). I know it can feel like a lot to take in, and it is, however, you and the rest of your classmates are all in the same boat so take comfort in that and don’t ever feel like you’re are the only one who is nervous because this couldn’t be further from the truth. The real truth is, some people are just better at hiding it than others. Orientation can be hectic at times but it is also so much fun and at the end of the day it's what you make of it.

Power Gull = Best Mascot in the CCC

With that being said, I figured I would give you some advice before you arrive for summer orientation that hopefully you will keep in mind during both orientations and even into your first semester.

"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable"

I first heard that phrase sitting in the gym on accepted student’s day and it has stuck with me through my past 2 years at Endicott. To me, college is about getting out of your comfort zone. Some people need to be pushed a little harder than others but when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, you will find some of the best experiences of your life on the other side. When I first got to Endicott I was awkward and shy but I also knew that I wanted to make the best of my four years at Endicott so I needed to push myself and I could not be more thankful that I did. And now that awkward and shy freshman is going to be one of those loud and peppy Orientation Leaders yelling "GO GULLS" at every car that comes through the front gate at freshman orientation. Now I can't lie and say pushing yourself is easy and I didn't hold myself back at some points of my freshman year. But I promise if you push yourself it will most certainly pay off.

Be active on campus

Being active on campus is one of the most important things you can do as an incoming freshman. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to sign up for every club we have on campus but finding one or two that your interested in and joining it couldn't hurt. Another great option is community service, Endicott has an amazing community service program and so many students do it because it’s a great way to meet people and on top of that you’re doing something that benefits the surrounding community at the same time. You'd be surprised how close you can get with people while packing boxes for soldiers or volunteering at a fundraiser. This past year I got involved with Relay for Life and we were able to get a New England Patriot’s player to come to Endicott and it was such a fun night and I met so many people through the club.

These are just a few of the organziations on campus I'm involved in and as you can see, you meet so many people in the process some of which have become my closest friends.

But hey, maybe clubs and community service aren't for you. However, you can still find something on campus to be involved with, whether it’s an on-campus job or being an Orientation Leader or an RA, I encourage you to find something your interested in and stay active on campus, you won’t regret it.

Show Your Endicott Pride
Best Fans in the CCC

The Endicott community does a great job at supporting our student-athletes on game day. Some of my best experiences so far are going to playoff and championship games. Anytime one of our teams makes it to the playoffs, which happens often I might add, the whole community comes out to support our teams. Whether its filling the stands at Hempstead on homecoming or packing the Mac during basketball games or piling into the Borque arena for the CCC championship, you can guarantee that our fans will be there to cheer for our teams. So, make sure when you get here, you download the Gull Rev app, get a free shirt and support your friends and classmates.

Oh, also it makes it a lot easier to be a fan when we consistently win championships.
Get to know your faculty and staff.

If you take one thing from this post, this is BY FAR the most important. The faculty and staff at Endicott are amazing. One of the best things about going to a small school is you really have the ability to make strong connections with your professors and staff. They really are here to help you, and if you make your name and interests known, they will be some of the best connections to have during your four years and even after graduation.

Getting to know your faculty and staff will make your years here so much better. If you don't believe me I’ll give you a few examples. My internship advisor Prof. Wilson sent me an internship opportunity that landed my freshman year internship simply because I told her I was into photography and also gave me a place to go to vent about classes and just talk about life. My work study bosses Shawn Medeiros and David Le have helped me grow so much as professional and I constantly go to them for advice and to bounce creative ideas of off. Prof. Miller and Liss have taught me so much about photography and anytime I have had a question or need help they don't hesitate and go above and beyond for me. Lindsey Shrayer helped me get through one of the most challenging moments in my life and I’ve learned so much about life from her. Brianne McGann has helped me come out of my shell and has been such a positive influence on my life and helped me become a leader on this campus. These are real people on this campus that have made a HUGE impact on my life. But the list of faculty and staff that have made an impact on my life at Endicott could go on and on. Whether it’s your coach, your professor, your dean or any other staff at Endicott, I encourage you to make connections with them, they will have a bigger impact on your life than you could ever imagine.

The campus is amazing too so enjoy it when you can!
And never forget, everyday is a "Great Day to Be a Gull"

There will be some ups and there will be some downs but when you go to Endicott everyday really is a great day to be a gull. So here is a list of some of the things that make that saying true that I haven’t already mentioned:

  • Beach days at Tupper
  • Seeing Dennis in the Callahan
  • Getting late night Mozz sticks at the lodge
  • Going to Bingo
  • The Regatta
  • Mr.Endicott
  • Drama and Dance Productions
  • The Drag Show
  • Trivia Night at Gully's
  • Snow Days
  • Homecoming
  • Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Barbaques
  • Karaoke during dinners
  • Late Night Local
  • Sunsets at Peace Rock
Peace Rock is without a doubt the best place to watch the sunset and star gaze.

These are just a few of the best things at Endicott. But there are so many more things to do and memories to be created but that’s up to you to figure what those things and memories will be. So my challenge to you is this: Make every day a great day to be a gull and enjoy and be grateful for every day here, because before you know it you will be walking across that stage and wishing you had more time here.

- Nick Grace '20

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